Malaysian-born Yen Tan's debut feature, Happy Birthday, won the Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and New Directors Showcase at the Portland GLBT Film Festival. Happy Birthday was acquired by TLA Releasing in 2003. He contributed a segment to the acclaimed omnibus film, Deadroom, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 2005. Ciao, his follow-up feature, was released theatrically in eleven cities by Regent/here! Films in the winter of 2008. The film has toured festivals internationally and nabbed jury and audience awards at AFI Dallas and image+nation in Montréal. Ciao was also a Queer Lion contender during its international premiere at Venice Film Festival. AfterElton named Ciao "the best gay movie I've seen this year" and the Los Angeles Times called it "a revelation; a minimalist work of maximum effect." Yen was then selected out of hundreds of applicants as a fellow for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab in 2009 for his screenplay Pit Stop. There, he was mentored by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho), Barry Sandler (Making Love), C. Jay Cox (Sweet Home Alabama) and Abdi Nazemian and Micah Schraft (The Quiet). He currently lives in Austin and works as a graphic designer, where he is known for his one-sheets of several prominent independent films, including Bryan Poyser's Lovers of Hate (Sundance 2010), David Lowery's St. Nick (SXSW 2009) and Adam Wingard's A Horrible Way to Die (Toronto 2010).